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From Wynnum to Wavell Heights and everywhere in between, enter your postcode and a new online hub will link you up with the best Brisbane has to offer in cafes, restaurants, retailers and recreation.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the BrisBetter Local online hub launched today in a bid to stimulate local economy and support businesses following a year of pandemic hardship.
“In September, we launched a suite of Brisbetter local videos, profiling hidden gems and new places to discover in your local area,” Cr Schrinner said.
“These videos were just the tip of the iceberg and BrisBetter Local is now expanding on the initiative with detailed blogs to inspire great days out in our own backyard.
“Postcode-to-postcode, this hub is all about getting out and exploring your own backyard with a focus on life in the suburbs and the friendly faces and shopkeepers who give each area its own unique sense of community and togetherness.”
Cr Schrinner said Brisbetter Local was an initiative of the Economic Recovery Taskforce to support Brisbane’s small businesses that contribute colour, community and services to the city
“The economic effects of coronavirus will linger for years to come and getting people back in stores, supporting local jobs is key to fast-tracking Brisbane’s recovery,” he said.
“We want to keep this momentum going by featuring more than 200 small businesses on our new BrisBetter Local hub, with more to be added all the time.
“Brisbane has really come together throughout the pandemic but if we don’t support our businesses now, one day they’ll be there and the next day they may be gone.
“From the $7.9 million business relief package delivered earlier this year, to our ongoing commitment to buy local; we’re committed to being there with small businesses every step of the way so that they can keep their doors open and Brisbane residents in jobs.”
Visit the Brisbetter Local hub on Council’s website at and search for fun by postcode.
The hub is constantly refreshed with new videos, so ensure you check in regularly to uncover more hidden gems and thing to see and do close to you.

Brisbane is set to become home to one of the largest bonsai collections in Australia, with the Japanese city of Kobe declaring their support for an upgrade to Brisbane’s Bonsai House on the 35th anniversary of the Brisbane-Kobe Sister City relationship.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said more than 50 bonsais were currently on display in the existing Bonsai House at Mt Coot-tha, with the collection expected to double to become Australia’s largest within years.
“Bonsai growing is a centuries-old art form and our beloved Brisbane Bonsai House has been putting a sub-tropical spin on this tradition by housing a growing collection of native Aussie plants for more than 20 years,” Cr Schrinner said.
“We want to celebrate our longest Sister City relationship by creating a world-class destination for people to visit some of the country’s most treasured bonsai trees, including some that are nearly 70 years old and are valued at thousands of dollars.
“Once complete, the new Bonsai House will be able to display up to 100 bonsai and feature one of the oldest trained Australian native fig trees.
“This provides the capacity for Brisbane’s collection to surpass the size and importance of the National Bonsai Collection in Canberra, which includes approximately 75 trees.”
Cr Schrinner said the design of the new Bonsai House would pay homage to Japanese design, featuring distinct wooden panelling and stone walls, as well as an area for bonsai workshops and teahouse for cultural ceremonies.
“Through our Sister City relationship with Kobe, Brisbane’s ties to Japan continue to strengthen and I thank them for continuing to support our city through this initiative,” he said.
“This type of support between Brisbane and Kobe has been the cornerstone of our long-standing relationship and is highly valued.”
Construction on the new Bonsai House is expected to begin in 2021.
For more information visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Community groups to benefit from $3.3 million cost-cutting plan
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is helping hundreds of community groups reduce their running costs with a $3.3 million plan to help them reduce their water, energy and maintenance bills.
Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Chair Vicki Howard said the global coronavirus pandemic had hit our community groups incredibly hard, and that these tough times were being long felt.
“We have waived the rent for all Council lessees and tenants until the end of 2020, but we know the water and energy bills keep coming, so we are launching a Resilient Clubs Program to help cut the operating costs for our much-loved community organisations,” Cr Howard said.
“This $3.3 million, two-year initiative follows feedback gathered from residents as part of the Economic Recovery Taskforce Survey which found our community clubs and organisations were facing uncertain times due to the pandemic.
“We will deliver maintenance works and upgrades at up to 180 sites to help cut water usage and costs, help more than 30 clubs install solar systems and energy efficiency measures to help cut their energy bills and provide additional support at community organisations with a water and energy coaching program.
“It’s great to see a lot of our clubs starting to reignite and thrive post coronavirus, and these new measures will not only help clubs now, but well into the future.
“This multi-million-dollar initiative doesn’t deliver a short-term solution. We are investing in the tools to help these groups have reduced operating costs for many years into the future.
“We don’t want to see our community groups go anywhere, so are doing everything we can to future-proof them and help them thrive.
“The Resilient Clubs Support Program will also have flow on effects to local Brisbane businesses like electrical and plumbing trades. We want these local upgrades to be delivered by local businesses.”
This new program follows $11 million in COVID support, including $3 million offered through a community assistance program which provided not-for-profit lessees funding of up to $10,000 to cover operating expenses and maintenance works during forced closures.
The three-category program would be available to select eligible community-leased facilities, including sports clubs.

What’s happening with the old Toowong Bowls Club? In this email, you’ll get an update on that, news about basketball courts, cricket nets, park upgrades, and more. There’s also advice about a dividend payment to you, from Council.

Indooroopilly roundabout upgrade
The upgrade of the notorious roundabout at Moggill Rd and Coonan Street is now one step closer after the business case backed the safety, usability, and congestion-busting ability of the proposed upgrade.

Council just released the business case, which will see the current roundabout replaced with an overpass and traffic lights. When completed, residents in the west, such as Fig Tree Pocket and Chapel Hill, will be able to travel home with an underpass and no traffic lights.

After a thorough consultation process, changes were made to the design to better accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.

You can read more about the project, get the business case, and watch the project video on the Council website.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the upgrade. Please reply to this email with any comments you’d like passed on to the project team.

Perrin Park, Toowong
This is easily one of our most popular local parks, and it continues to get upgraded:
• The walking track is getting fixed. I’ve had a few reports of the concrete not being perfectly smooth, which is no good for littlies learning to ride and a bit dangerous for elderly walkers. We’re getting it fixed to make it smooth again.
• The basketball court is getting a fence. Neighbours have noted that people seem to want to play on the court as late (early!) as 3am. We put up signs but they didn’t work. We’re building a fence to encourage people to use the court in hours that are more respectful for neighbours.
• Some of the shelter sheds are being upgraded so more families can use and enjoy the park. There are electric BBQs so better shelters will make it even better.
The old Toowong Bowls Club building
As you may know, this facility was handed back to Council in December 2019. The good news is: this great facility is looking for a new community group!

Council is now accepting tender applications for the site. It must remain used for sports and recreation.

Why not check out the tender information and send this email to someone who might be interested in leasing this amazing facility from Council.

Schools turn 150
It’s incredible but true: one of our local state schools turned 150 this year and another achieves the same milestone next year.
• Ironside: the school community celebrated the anniversary in October with a ceremony and the unveiling of a time capsule. We also planted a special tree (Brachychiton Belladonna) and erected a boulder at the Central Avenue intersection to mark the occasion.
• Fig Tree Pocket: This school will also pass the 150 mark next year and I look forward to working with the school to celebrate the significant anniversary.
Getting it done: local improvements and upgrades
There’s never a dull moment in our neck of the woods, and you may have noticed lots of activity as we work to deliver projects locally.
• Achieved the speed limit reduction for road safety on Harts and Meiers Roads, Indooroopilly. This will certainly help improve safety, and feedback from residents has been positive.
• Delivered 6 beehives to schools and community groups. Encouraging bee populations helps with pollination and promotes healthy ecology. Queensland Academy of Science, Maths, and Tech has already put theirs together and is super excited about getting the honey!
• Got funding approved for a new public toilet at Carinya Street Park, Indooroopilly! Stay tuned for details, but this is a great outcome for the locals who helped me campaign for the facilities.
• Erecting road safety banners at local schools to encourage parents to think about road safety when picking up and dropping off students. We’ve seen kids hit by cars in the last year and plenty more near misses, so taking a moment to improve driver behaviour can only be a good thing. See the banner.
• Fixed the ever-popular flying fox at Toowong’s Anzac Park, so kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy a bit of an adrenalin rush.
• Continued the Slow For SAM (Speed Awareness Monitor) program through St Lucia and Indooroopilly. The monitor on The Esplanade showed reductions in the speed of 6km per hour, proving how effective these signs are at reducing speed.
• Watched Council’s Sports Field Improvement Program come together at Jack Cook Park, Jack Speare Park, Moore Park, and Oakman Park. I made a little video to tell you about it.
• Watched the first stage of the Avenue of Shade at Indooroopilly State High School, following on from the successful avenue we created at the primary school earlier this year. These projects provide a shady, safe place for students to wait for their afternoon pickups.
We’ll continue to “get it done” locally. If you see something that needs fixing, improving, replacing or upgrading, drop me a line. I’m on 3407 0005.

What’s getting done
Work never stops! There are a number of projects underway:
• Trying to get a shuttle bus to run from Taringa Station to QASMT
• Planting hundreds of trees in Indooroopilly
• Indooroopilly Riverwalk (the cycleway along the river) progresses well and is on track for completion end of 2021
• Fix a Footpath Blitz continues with hundreds of fixes already made in our local area.
• Suburb signs being erected at roundabouts and intersections. These popular art pieces add a lovely amenity to our neighbourhoods.
There’s much, much more so please follow on Facebook for daily news.

Council Goings-On
• Brisbane City Council has confirmed its commitment to prudent financial management: The Lord Mayor just announced a dividend for all ratepayers because the Kingsford Smith Rd upgrade came in under budget.
• Council also just announced the Brisbane Carbon Challenge, and you’re invited to participate (hint: prizes to be won!)
• Valley Fiesta 2020 is back and better than ever with a four-day line-up of live gigs across 14 venues from Thursday 19 November to Sunday 22 November.
• Brisbane City Council runs QUBE Effect: a program to provide promotion, mentoring, and professional development opportunities for young musicians. Places are strictly limited. Find out more information or apply now, or forward this email to someone who might be interested!

Traffic calming and road safety
I’ve been working with locals in Indooroopilly Woods (west of the freeway) for many months, addressing their rat-running, congestion and road safety concerns.

We’ve conducted community consultation and Brisbane City Council traffic engineers have undertaken studies and evaluations of the area.

The good news is this: funding has been allocated to provide traffic calming in this notorious rat-running precinct.

Local residents will soon be delivered a consultation pack, which will include a map and some explanation. You are invited to submit your feedback so the traffic engineers can understand your thoughts on the matter.

If you live in Indooroopilly Woods, please keep a close eye on your mailbox in the coming weeks.

Next time
I’ll be able to share some photos of the new cricket net in Indooroopilly, show you some more community garden progress, and tell you how the traffic calming consultation in Indooroopilly Woods is progressing. Hopefully, you’ll be able to read about the draft community consultation protocol we’re developing, too.


Cr James Mackay
Councillor for Walter Taylor

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New terminals, new vessels and a new interim timetable are planned for Brisbane’s ferry network, as Brisbane City Council prepares to recommence ferry services with introduction of five new KittyCats.

Public and Active Transport Chair Ryan Murphy said Brisbane residents and visitors loved to travel on the Brisbane River and Council was investing in the future of river travel.

“We have been working around the clock since July to restore the much-loved ferry service and in under three months we have sourced five replacement vessels and restructured our network to get passengers back on the river,” Cr Murphy said.

“Brisbane is known as the River City, so we know how critical our CityCats and ferries are to Brisbane’s reputation. We want to deliver a world class network, but it needs to be reliable, safe and sustainable.

“Today we are announcing two terminal upgrades and an interim timetable for the KittyCats that will operate at least until the new Howard Smith Wharves terminal comes into service in 2021.

“These changes mean we can recommence services as soon as possible using the modern KittyCats, until we have a better understanding of the repair timeframes for the wooden ferry fleet.

“I thank everyone for their patience while and understanding while we worked to get services up and running again after we made the tough decision to pull the old timber ferries off the water for safety reasons.”

Council is making the following infrastructure upgrades and service changes:

Terminal Upgrades

Council will invest $48.7 million over the next three years to upgrade terminals including Mowbray Park, Dockside and South Bank terminals. The upgrades will boost flood resilience and to ensure they can cater for the KittyCat vessels and increased passenger demand in the future.

The upgrades will include a raft of accessibility improvements which will make it easier for passengers with a disability and parents and prams to get on board and enjoy travelling along our river.

Council has been gradually transforming its network of terminals. Mowbray Park was next on the list for an upgrade and we are fast-tracking the Dockside upgrade to allow KittyCat services.

The upgrades will double the docking capacity at Mowbray Park while Dockside terminal will be upgraded to be able to service both KittyCats and CityCats, unlocking potential for Kangaroo Point residents to reach more destinations on the ferry network.

CityHopper Service

The free CityHopper service will resume on 15 November. The Kittycat has a top speed of 23 knots and that allows services 44% faster than the timber ferries. The new timetable will run at 25-minute intervals and stop at six stops, compared to the previous 36-minute monohull service that serviced eight stops.

As the Dockside terminal will be closed for upgrade the free shuttle bus service between Kangaroo Point and the City will continue to operate for now at 25-minute intervals.

Kangaroo Point cross-river ferry service

The Kangaroo Point cross-river ferry service will resume on 15 November, stopping at Holman Street and Riverside. As the Holman Street service will be reinstated with a KittyCat, the CityCat will cease stopping at Holman Street as part of this interim timetable.

The Kangaroo Point Cross River services will be scheduled to compliment the CityHopper Service for Kangaroo Point Residents, which will result in a frequency of 12 minutes between Holman Street and Riverside for most of the day.

Riverside Terminal will be used instead of Eagle Street as the CBD Terminal which makes it easier for Kangaroo Point passengers to transfer to CityCat services.

The Thornton Street terminal will be impacted by the construction of the new Kangaroo Point Green Bridge and is also unable to be serviced by KittyCats. Due to these circumstances, we have taken the difficult decision to cease services at Thornton Street, permanently.

Norman Park to New Farm Park cross river ferry service
The Norman Park to New Farm Cross River service carries 133 passengers on 136 services per day (pre-COVID), less than one passenger per trip. It has by far the lowest patronage of any Council ferry service.

The Norman Park terminal is at end-of-life and is not compliant with modern disability access standards. The terminal is also not compatible with docking KittyCats.

Given the significant upgrade costs to make Norman Park terminal compatible, the extremely low patronage and the lack of any substantial growth in these numbers over the past decade, Council has made the very difficult decision to permanently withdraw this service.

Bulimba – Teneriffe Cross River service
The Bulimba-Teneriffe Cross River service was reinstated on 17 August and will continue to operate as is.

Join us today in Indooroopilly / Chapel Hill and:
Hear about a speed limit change
Who is poisoning trees?
Find out which park is getting new picnic equipment
Get an update on the Toowong underpass